January 2, 2010 |
Disinfectants, be they hand sanitizers or industrial-strength cleaners, present a hospital's first blockade against bacterial infection. But this same weapon may be helping create stronger microbial enemies: superbugs that are resistant to disinfectants and commonly used antibiotics, scientists report in the January issue of the journal Microbiology. Researchers from the National University of Ireland in Galway studied lab cultures of Pseudomonas aeruginosa , which lives in soil and water.
December 3, 2007 |
For years before the mid-1980s, groundwater in parts of Southern California was contaminated with toxic solvents, yet the federal body responsible for tracking this didn't investigate the potential health threat to people who were drinking contaminated tap water. A congressional committee is now investigating why that neglect occurred. Here's a closer look at what scientists know about the main solvents of concern and their health effects.
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April 11, 2007 |
Was a legendary punk rocker arrested for possession of ... soap? That's the question surrounding last week's jailing of Germs drummer Don Bolles after a traffic stop in Newport Beach. Bolles, 50, whose real name is Jimmy Michael Giorsetti, said in an interview that he and his girlfriend were driving to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting Wednesday evening when police pulled over his 1968 Dodge van for a broken taillight.
November 6, 2005 |
IT seems unlikely that playwright David Mamet, known for his liberal use of profanity, will ever clean up his language. But thanks to cast member and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr., a lot of other cleaning up is going on behind the scenes at the Mark Taper Forum, where Mamet's newest play, "Romance," is currently onstage until Nov. 20.
October 21, 2005 |
Popular antibacterial soaps and washes offer no more protection than regular soap and water, a federal advisory panel said Thursday, telling companies to prove their products are better if they expect to continue making claims to the public. The independent expert panel, which advises the Food and Drug Administration, said in an 11-1 vote that it saw no added benefits to antibacterials when compared with soapy hand-washing.
September 12, 2005 |
THE start of the school year often brings sniffles and stomach bugs, but a simple hand cleaner could cut the sickness toll. New research shows that alcohol-based hand sanitizers can significantly reduce the spread of gastrointestinal illness and may also protect against respiratory infections. "Hand sanitizers reduce bacteria counts on hands more than just washing," says Thomas J. Sandora, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Children's Hospital Boston who led the research.